From Steph Cerio:
When it comes to watching my previously marathoned television series Pretty Little Liars, I have come to realize I am very selective when it comes to where I choose to watch the show, who I’m with, what I eat, etc. As you sit down to watch our favorite television series (my chosen medium), has it ever occurred to you that you may be sitting on the same exact side of the couch each time, with a glass of wine in your hand and your favorite blanket draped over you?
These rituals have become extremely prominent and talked about more openly recently; for example, on the show Pretty Little Liars and Keeping Up With the Kardashians there are live tweeting feeds all throughout the show. Shay Mitchell who plays Emily Fields on the hit show Pretty Little Liars opens her twitter page #PLLayWithShay to her fans as a forum where she and her fans can personally connect and share their thoughts and feelings about each episode airing that night.
This is a great example of rituals because these fans as well as Mitchell sit by their computers every Thursday night and tweet back and forth. In the Castle discussion forum, “kittycat” (the blogger) posts a YouTube video of four young girls’ reactions to the season finale of the TV series Castle. These girls display some serious rituals as they watch weekly: they have pillows to scream in, blankets, water bottles for hydration, cookies and tissues.
The Blogger, kittycat, has similar views and beliefs as I do about marathoning rituals. I cannot watch any show I’m marathoning with anyone, I find the commentary and conversation distracting from the action and story lines taking place in the show. I also watch my shows on my couch, with the same fluffy tan blanket on my lap, a cold glass of water and my phone at my disposal for a commercial break to text my friends who are also watching.
Having these rituals and doing the same things each week helps me to fully relax and enjoy that hour of “me” time. For others, like the girls witnessed on the video clip, it could be a way to socialize and hear other opinions and inputs on the events taking place in the show.